BALLET 422 The film’s title refers to the 422nd work choreographed for New York City Ballet. This documentary follows the creation of 2013’s Paz de La Jolla , by Justin Peck, a 25-year-old corps de ballet dancer in the company. If there is any drama in the film, it is theoretical — the choreographer’s youth versus the level of responsibility before him. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at City Ballet in action, with scenes of Peck, alone in a studio developing steps and videotaping himself with a phone-camera propped up on a piano. Rated PG. 75 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts , Santa Fe. (Michael Wade Simpson) See review, Page 48.
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL The traveling festival returns with its slate of short films about exotic locations and cultures, and the conservation efforts and outdoors adventures that happen there. 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10, only. Lensic Performing Arts Center , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
CHAPPIE Director Neill Blomkamp brought us the much-loved sci-fi film District 9 and the little-liked sci-fi film Elysium . Now, he offers a glimpse of a future in which society is policed by aggressive robots. A man (Dev Patel) reprograms one to think and feel, and it fights back against the oppression. Hugh Jackman co-stars. Rated R. 120 minutes. Regal Stadium 14 , Santa Fe; DreamCatcher , Española. (Not reviewed)
HOPE AND GLORY John Boorman’s 1987 film Hope
and Glory is considered among his best. The comingof-age story is based on the director’s life, telling of his experiences as a young lad in wartime London. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. The Screen , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN Based loosely on the real-life 1983 kidnapping of Dutch businessman Freddy Heineken (yes, that Heineken, played here by Anthony Hopkins), this movie shows the rare half-baked plan that actually works out for the crooks. Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess play two of the kidnappers. Rated R. 94 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
MOMMY The difficulties of single motherhood are examined in this Canadian drama in which a widowed woman (Anne Dorval) struggles with her troubled son (Antoine Olivier Pilon), until a neighbor begins to help. Mommy won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Rated R. 139 minutes. In English and French with subtitles. Regal DeVargas , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed) QUEEN AND COUNTRY John Boorman’s long-awaited follow-up to his semiautobiographical Hope and Glory (1987) picks up nine years after the events of the first film. Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) is now a young man in military service during the Korean War, and his antics with his friend Percy (Caleb Landry Jones) get him in trouble with superior officers. On leave from service, Bill becomes smitten with a tragic, unavailable beauty he calls Ophelia (Tamsin Egerton) and visits family in Twickenham, where they have lived since the Blitz. The film captures the look and feel of England, a poor but mending country at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. An understated effort with little conventional storytelling, it’s possibly Boorman’s last turn as director — and the bravura of his earlier films is missing. Not rated. 105 minutes. The Screen , Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco)
REEL NEW MEXICO The monthly series of films with a New Mexico connection offers The Milagro Man: The Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols , a 2012 documentary that explores the literary works and social activism of Taos resident John Treadwell Nichols, author of The
Milagro Beanfield War . 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, only. Not rated. La Tienda Performance Space , 7 Caliente Road off Avenida Vista Grande, Eldorado. (Not reviewed)
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL The whole gang is back — most notably Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy — for another stay in the hotel in India for retired Brits (first seen in the 2011 comedy). This time, Richard Gere brings an American twist to the proceedings, getting a few of the women all atwitter. Rated PG. 122 minutes. Regal DeVargas , Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
THESE FINAL HOURS This independent doomsday feature eschews the usual special-effects-laden destruction and over-the-top action of big-budget productions to tell a story of one man’s redemption. James (Nathan Phillips) is headed to a party, where he plans to engage in a drug- and alcohol-fueled bender after the news comes that a meteor has struck the North Atlantic. He has just 12 hours before the massive fireball reaches his hometown of Perth. The plan is disrupted when he reluctantly agrees to help a girl (Angourie Rice) find her father. These Final Hours is a touching tale with the most bleak of settings. Not rated. 87 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema , Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco) See
review, Page 46. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Vince Vaughn once more plays a put-upon, smart-alecky, white-collar shlub in this comedy, which finds him as a small-business
owner taking two associates (Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson) to Europe to close a deal. Things go awry in a horrible and zany fashion. Rated R. 91 minutes. Regal Stadium 14 , Santa Fe; DreamCatcher , Española.
(Not reviewed) WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS This mockumentary features the daily lives of vampires living together in Wellington, New Zealand. Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) argue over the standard of cleanliness in their vampire den and go out for nights on the town. At about 85 minutes, the film is nearly too long, but it maintains its appeal through absurdity and sheer charm. Written and directed by Waititi and Clement (best known in this country for their work on the short-lived HBO series Flight of the Conchords ),
Shadows presents vampires living in social exile, bumbling along, and doing their best. Not rated. 86 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts , Santa Fe. (Adele Oliveira) See review, Page 44.
Colour my world: Judi Dench in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , at Regal DeVargas in Santa Fe